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The early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day which takes place on 8 May, and to enable people to pay tribute to those who served in one of the most significant events in our country’s history, Business Secretary Greg Clark announced on 07 June 2019.

Only the second time ever that the early May bank holiday has been moved – the first was in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of VE Day

The occasion will remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel; those who contributed to the war effort and safeguarded the Home Front. As well as marking the Allies’ victory in 1945, the bank holiday will serve as an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the UK Armed Forces and their families.

Clean air day is coming up and this is a great chance to raise awareness in the classroom of the issues that we are facing locally and nationally around air quality especially if you are thinking of taking up the offer of diffusion tube monitoring.

There is a schools toolkit on the clean air day website, link below, that will provide you with useful activities and tips for how you and pupils can get involved.


You are invited to a workshop to learn more about the troubled families programme – including the criteria for a family to be eligible, the benefits of working in a ‘troubled families’ way for both families and professionals, and how we can capture all of the great work taking place.

The workshops will take place on:

  • Monday 24 June, 10am at The Loft, 2nd Floor, West Mall, Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre, B37 5TN
  • Friday 5 July, 10am at Sans Souci, Tanworth Lane, Shirley, B90 4DD

Please book onto one of the sessions as soon as possible by emailing


Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being support service for children and young people. Kooth is a completely safe and an anonymous website where young people can go to gain advice, support and guidance from our BACP qualified counsellors, up to 10pm, 365 days a year.

Our experienced counsellors, moderated message forums and magazine can offer emotional support to young people with a wide range of issues, from having a bad day or falling out with their friends, to more serious issues such as bullying, stress, anxiety, depression, family relationships, sexuality, eating disorders, self-harm, abuse etc. We can also support young people who are on the waiting list for CAMHS or those who do not meet their criteria.

For year 6 students who will soon be transitioning to secondary schools it may be an exciting time but may also cause anxiety and stress in others. Kooth has supported many year 6 students at this stage by discussing Kooth’s services and how it can provide additional support and guidance should they wish. Kooth can also support vulnerable young people who may experience isolation or low self-esteem and help build their resilience for the big changes ahead.

If you would like to have a discussion or arrange for a short presentation to be delivered to your students please contact Jas Hothi, or call 07949 819503.

Message from Lorraine Lord

Dear headteacher and chair of governors

We have sent out links to the education safeguarding audit in Head Lines, emailed to you on 13 May 2019.

As you complete your audit, could you record any partial or no responses as actions in the action plan (attached to this announcement). Additional rows can be added if needed.

Please submit the action plan to us by Friday 12 July 2019.

Please could you complete and submit all sections of the audit survey by Friday 28th June 2019.

Please contact us at if you require any further guidance.